Saturday, March 20, 2010

And the winner is...

Amy! Thanks for being a follower! It's never too late. I have an idea for another giveaway so please keep checking back to see what is going on at Strictly Sewing. Easter dress 1 is done and 2 on it 's way. Will be back soon with another post.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sundays and My 1st Giveaway!

On Sunday mornings I feel like this...

and my hair looks like this.

Yup! We missed Daylights Savings time and we were late to church. A first for our family. I'm still working on Easter dresses but I thought I would try to do my first little giveaway.

Here is fun, cute, and easy headband pattern to spruce up your spring wardrobe. The free pattern comes from Heather Bailey. She designs beautiful fabric, check out her recent line called Nicey Jane. Very springy. Scroll down her blog and on the right side is a list of free patterns. Hooray for Headbands is the one I used and would like to try out that cute bootie pattern too. So here is the one that I made for V-day. My daughter calls it her "Care Bear" headband. Anything with hearts is "Care Bear". My youngest daughter does an awesome "Care Bear Stare!!!". I'll have to download a video of that.

A fun knot in the back.

Want in for the giveaway? All you have to do is become a follower to my blog (I know there are a bazillion more awesome blogs to follow but hopefully my blog will have more substance with time). I will randomly pick a name from my followers list and the winner will receive 3 headbands made from this pattern. The pattern has baby, child, and adult sizing so you choose which sizes you want and I promise to use ca-ute fabric. I know this isn't much but it is a start. The drawing will take place Saturday, March 20th in the morning so make sure to add your name to my following list by FRIDAY, MARCH 19th. :)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

How I learned to sew

I wanted to share a little on how I learned to sew. First, it started with having a baby girl. I made a baby sling. No pic. I used inexpensive fabric for my tester hoping I would make another one for keeps. I think it turned out fine. Funny thing. I was staying with my husband's grandma at the time and used her machine. It was my first time ever using a sewing machine. She spun a bobbin full of thread for me and when the thread ran out, I didn't know what to do. Embarassed to ask for help, I started winding thread around a bobbin by hand! Can you imagine?! Grandma came down the stairs and asked,"what are you doing?" Thankfully, she came to my rescue and I learned how to wind a bobbin of thread. So, I make this decent sling and come to find out my baby girl didn't like being in the sling so I didn't make another one for keeps one.
Then came a binky clip. My friend Amy helped me on this one. She figured out how to sew the ribbon to the suspender clips and then graciously let me borrowed her extra sewing machine so I could play around with it.
I received a diaper/wipee holder at my baby shower, studied it, and reproduced it. And then, the sewing bug bit me (Thanks Amy for loaning your machine!). My mother purchased a simple sewing machine for my B-day and I started to create! I made an Amy Butler diaper bag and several more diaper/wipee holders (since then, the pattern has improved). Then came my pillows with embroidery, table runners with embroidery, and now skirts and dresses for my girls. I owe a lot of my sewing skills to Pink Fig Patterns. You have to check her blog and etsy shop. I love her style and her patterns are easy to read and I love the end result. I love that there are no zippers involved. I heart elastic and shirring!!! I highly recommend these patterns and plan to blog more about them in future posts.
Well, it has been a fun sewing journey that really has just begun. I look forward to many years of projects and sewing. I hope you do too! Don't be afraid, try it! It is so much fun.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sew fun, sew cute, sew easy

Alright! I finished my sister's B-day gift. Pretty sure she doesn't check my blog so here it is. I used the Lilly Apron Pattern by Busy Bee Quilt Designs (I linked you to where I purchased the pattern). This pattern came together fast.

If you don't feel like sewing you can purchase a custom made apron from Sew Cute on Etsy.

Now it is time for those Easter dresses. Yeah, can you believe that Easter is gonna be here before you know it?!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wit a litl' bit o' Luck...

I'll have something to post later this week. In the meantime, here is some Lucky decor for this month. Til then, I'll be wishin' you some bloomin' luck!!! (cheezy, I know)